Presto!

  • by Penn Jillette
  • Narrated by Penn Jillette
  • 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An unconventional weight loss tale from an unconventional personality. Penn Jillette tells how he lost 100 pounds with his trademark outrageous sense of humor and biting social commentary that makes this success story anything but ordinary.
Legendary magician Penn Jillette was approaching his 60th birthday. Topping 330 pounds and saddled with a systolic blood pressure reading over 200, he knew he was at a dangerous crossroads: If he wanted to see his small children grow up, he needed to change. And then came Crazy Ray. A former NASA scientist and an unconventional, passionate innovator, Ray Cronise saved Jillette's life with his wild "potato diet".
In Presto, Jillette takes us along on his journey from skepticism to the inspiring, life-changing momentum that transformed the magician's body and mind. He describes the process in hilarious detail, as he performs his Las Vegas show, takes meetings with Hollywood executives, and hangs out with his celebrity friends and fellow eccentric performers, all while remaining a dedicated husband and father. Throughout, he weaves in his views on sex, religion, and pop culture, making his story a refreshing, genre-busting account. Outspoken, frank, and bitingly clever, Presto is an incisive, rollicking listen.

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I liked it! And why you may or may not like it...

Would you listen to Presto! again? Why?

Yes it is motivating


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I liked this book but it is not for everyone. Audio addition

Why you might not want this book:
Penn swears a lot in this book if you are looking for a book that you can listen to when you are driving a bunch of boy scouts to a camp this book is not the one to listen to :)
Penn talks a lot about his atheistic view, if this will up set you this book is not for you, unless you like being upset.
Penn is not a scientist or a nutritionist as he points out in the start of his book. You are listening to the point of view of a juggler.
Penn talks about his politics which is a combination of both left wing and right wings ideas.
I respect him for that. If you only want to listen to people who have a left or right wing attitude this book is not for you.

Penn talks about sex.
Why you might want to buy this book:
Penn is vary entertaining.
Penn talks about his world view, a good insight into his mind
.My view are somewhat aligned to Penn and I like listening to him even when our views differ.Penn is likely to have different views than you.
**Even if you don't want to follow his diet the book it will motivate you lose weight.**
Penn talks about sex. He had me LOL even when I was alone in my car.

Things that could have been done better:
Include recipes Penn reads as a PDF file.

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- David Hansen

Tall, Fat and Funny Tales

Full disclosure I’m a huge fan of Penn Jillette, if I have a man crush it’s Penn, I listen to his Sunday School podcast, watch Fools Us religiously and have seen him live any number of times….but I HATE diet books. I hate Dr. Oz and the self-righteous nonsense that goes with so many fad diets. So it was with some trepidation that I embarked upon Presto! I was painfully aware that Penn had done this crazy diet and lost 100 lbs.quickly because we doesn’t stop talking about it on his podcast. That’s OK but I have been known to fast forward through the diet parts. However I’m happy to report that this book, read by the inimitable and gloriously foul mouthed Penn, is nothing like most boring preachy diet books...it's very good.

Presto tells the story of his near death encounter with fat blocked arteries all the way through to the new svelte (and somewhat weird looking) Penn 100lbs later. It’s highly entertaining often very funny and really quite fascinating. The fanatical cult like diet regime which appears to be grounded in some pretty sound science is described in enough detail to be believable but not so much as to be boring. It’s a thoroughly entertaining read. If I had one tiny complaint it’s that Penn has a wonderful life… and boy does he name drop. I can hear him shouting an appropriate obscenity at me for saying that but in the context of a book rather than a podcast or a magic show…it can get a bit much…enough already with your Bob Dylan and Lou Reed stories! The overall demeanor of the book is a self-mocking aw shucks we’re just carny trash…who happen to be best friends with almost everyone. That’s probably just sour grapes (you can’t eat grapes coz they have sugar in them) on my part. This is a wonderful read, read wonderfully. You may not follow his path and join the cult to shed the pounds but it’s very entertaining to hear his story...I feel a bit thinner just from listening to it.
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- Tim

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-19-2016
  • Publisher: Audiobooks.com Publishing